TACOMA, Wash. – Rapidly raising junior lightweight phenom Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti is heading back to the Emerald Queen Casino.
Fresh off the biggest win of his career the undefeated Cabrera-Mioletti will face fellow undefeated fighter Elijah Pierce in a 10-round main event at Battle at the Boat 116 on Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday, June 9.
“Giovanni has star written all over him,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “I have been promoting boxing for more than three decades I can honestly say Gio is without question one of the top young talents I have ever seen live, and the scary part is, he is only going to get better.”
Cabrera-Mioletti has been flawless during the early stages of his professional career, posting a perfect 11-0 record. Pierce has been spotless as well, winning all eight of his fights with seven victories coming by way of knockout.
The six-bout card will also feature two additional undefeated fighters on the undercard in Steven Villalobos and Cris Reyes.
“This card is chalked full of young, exciting talent,” Halquist said. “Years from you now we will look back on this card and notice just how incredible it was because we expect great things from all four of these undefeated fighters.”
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cabrera-Mioletti has been on an absolute tear in 2018. In his last fight on March 17 he put away previously undefeated Ray Lampkin, Jr. by second-round TKO in the main event of Battle at the Boat 115.
That victory came on the heels of his Jan. 13 triumph over former Global Boxing Union world lightweight champion Tyrone Harris.
Over his last five fights, Cabrera-Mioletti has handed three boxers their first career setback as he also bested former undefeated fights Roberto Meza and William Hernandez.
Pierce, who fights out of Oklahoma City, is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Anthony Napunyi on Nov. 4, 2017. That win marks the seventh KO for the 21-year-old Pierce, who is no stranger to handing an undefeated fighter his first loss as well as he did just that one year ago with his unanimous decision over Alejandro Rochin. Pierce also scored a third-round TKO victory over Divante Jones, who entered their Sept. 2, 2017 fight with a record of 9-1.
Highlighting the undercard will be a 5-round bout between Villalobos (7-0-1) and Jose Leon (6-2-1). There should be no power shortage in the 156-pound fight as Villalobos has knocked out six opponents he has faced while Leon has registered an equally impressive five victories by way of KO.
In a second 5-round bout on the undercard Jorge Linares (3-1-0, 3 KOs) will face Marco Cardenas (6-7-1, 2 KOs) at 139 pounds.
Also looking to stay undefeated will be Reyes, who wowed the crowd at Battle at the Boat 115 with his first-round TKO win over Nicholas Credit. Reyes (2-0-0, KO) will square off against Bryce Gonzales (debut) at 139 pounds.
Battle at the Boat 116 will also feature the professional boxing debut of former MMA fighter Brent Knopp. Knopp, who played football at the University of Washington, has a career mixed martial arts record of 8-2 and is a former CageSport Light Heavyweight champion.
Rounding out the card will be a 122-pound bout between Isaiah Najera (3-3-0, KO) and Sebastian Baltazar (0-1-0).
Battle at the Boat 116 will feature the VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience.
Battle at the Boat 116 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.
Battle at the Boat 116 Card
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10 Round Main Event – Junior Lightweights
Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (11-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Eliah Pierce (8-0-0, 7 KOs)
5 Round Bouts
152 pounds: Steven Villalobos (7-0-1, 6 KOs) vs. Jose Leon (6-2-1, 5 KOs)
139 pounds: Jorge Linares (3-1-0, 3 KOs) vs. Marco Cardenas (6-7-1, 2 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
122 pounds: Isaiah Najera (3-3-0, KO) vs. Sebastian Baltazar (0-1-0)
139 pounds: Cris Reyes (2-0-0, KO) vs. Bryce Gonzales (debut)
200 pounds: Brent Knopp (debut) vs. TBD